In a forum discussion at school, someone had asked what we thought about Palin’s nomination. I thought I would post my comments here as well.
#1. I actually don’t have the first post, but I basically suggested that the men read this article found at Vision Forum entitled:
The article is by William Einwechter (Th.M.) who is an ordained minister and an elder at Immanuel Free Reformed Church in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, are the homeschooling parents of ten children.
What I did not have the opportunity to post is his most recent article:
Also weighing in were 2 articles by Voddie Baucham
#2. After the argument shifted from Palin’s qualifications to how we couldn’t vote for the immoral Democrats because they support abortion, I posted this. Now understand I am not a Democrat, nor do I support most of their socialist policies. But Christians have become so influenced by party politics that there is not much thinking anymore.
It seems that the argument has shifted; Seth and I brought up Palin’s lack of qualifications, not the morality of voting against the Democrats. Maybe we can leave “women in office” on the shelf for now and entertain your concerns about voting in this upcoming election.
If I understand your comments correctly, you are saying:
Voting carries with it a moral obligation, therefore when voting in this election cycle, we really only have one choice – the GOP ticket – because they are against abortion, making them the moral choice.
If this is what you are saying then I would have to agree with you regarding your presupposition. The RPCNA Testimony states:
“God has assigned to people, both individually and collectively, the responsibility for establishing and maintaining civil government, and the people are accountable to Jesus Christ for the proper exercise of this responsibility.”
Therefore voting does carry with it a moral obligation, however, it is precisely because of this moral obligation that I would caution us to reconsider some of our conclusions concerning politics in the US.
I really can’t post nor defend a theology of the Civil Magistrate here (how tedious and unfair to anyone bothering to read), yet I can summarize 3 immediate thoughts.
First thought: We have been decieved into believing a few lies.
Lie #1. Republicans are conservatives and Democrats are liberals.
These terms are completely relativized by the current moral landscape of our country, but if we search for what both parties think about Christ’s authority and law, we will find that neither party bases their platform on owning such truth. Our ethics classes cover a host of moral issues that are involved in the political arena, not to mention the unethical usurpation of power where the civil government has none (i.e., our families, other nations, federal imposition over state jurisdiction – all “Police-state tactics” which the GOP ticket has created quite a reputation for. Its almost inevitable, whoever’s in the White House is more prone to the pressures and temptations of corruption).
The fact is abortion is not the only moral issue that we face today. What is really sad is that the Church has become more fragmented over its political convictions, so that you are either a liberal Christian or Conservative Christian based upon whether you support Democrats or Republicans. Where does it say that we are to be influenced by the winds of the world? The Christian Right has not influenced the party, but instead we have been dragged into party politics.
Lie #2. We can only vote for one of two parties, even if it means choosing the lesser of 2 evils.
Seth already addressed this, suffice it to say, if the choice is an evil choice, then it is an immoral choice. In our particular voluntary election system we can actually write in who we think meets the requirements to hold the office. Granted, our write-in will most likely not win the election, but again, we have a moral obligation to vote according to the Word of God. If we were in a country where we were forced to vote for an evil candidate many Christians would (and have historically) dissented from the political morass.
The reality is we have lost sight of what the Civil Magistrate is to do. He is to reward good and punish evil, but if he cannot even define good and evil (i.e. general equity found in God’s moral law), how can he administer such social compensation?
Lie #3. The moral party is the Republican party because it spreads the message of freedom and democracy throughout the oppressive nations of this world.
See above re: “police state”. The only thing that needs to be spread throughout this world is the message of the Gospel and how the nations need the influence of Christ’s authority and law!
In substance both parties are morally bankrupt on multiple levels. To demonstrate this more objectively, consider the 10 commandments and see how both parties line up with God’s Law.
Second thought: There are necessary requirements one must meet to qualifiy for service in a civil office.
This would be where I say that no woman is qualified to run for civil office because it is not within her scope of roles or duties. Her having a newborn at home is a moot but telling matter of fact – most issues in politics are distractions from the real issues. See the unanswered article I linked earlier about women in office.
Third thought: The authority and law of Christ is the only legitimate rule to direct our political views and actions.
This may sound like a “duh” statement, but it seems like the Church has not really thought through the implications of this truth (myself included). For your consideration I will post the Westminster Standards/Belgic Confession in the next post, with the Testimony of the RPCNA re: the ordinance of the Civil Magistrate. If you have any disagreements, I’d be interested in your thoughts.